Methalox Static Test Fire – UCI Rocket Project

Short video showing the test

Static Test Fire #3

On Saturday, April 17th, our team successfully completed a static fire of our Preliminary Test Engine (PTE), reaching a thrust of 942 lbf which closely matched our design parameters. Despite all challenges faced during the ongoing pandemic, our team has made steady progress towards launching a liquid bi-propellant rocket to an altitude of 30,000 ft. The engine uses liquid methane and liquid oxygen as propellant.

Mobile Test Stand

Our mobile test stand allows us to easily conduct liquid nitrogen cold flow tests on campus outside our lab. It also enables us to easily transport the stand to static test fires in Mojave. This mobile setup has reduced our static test fire time from 10 hours to 3 hours.

2 thoughts on “Methalox Static Test Fire – UCI Rocket Project

    1. Tony Drabeck says:

      Yes we did! We actually had to drive there to get it 2 weekends before we planned to test fire because the closest filling station for LNG is in LA. So you need to pick up the dewer beforehand in order to fill it up in a timely manner for the test fire.


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